Neil Jacobs

Jacobs, NeilNeil is the Founder and Principal of MindsOpen, a boutique business psychology firm.  He routinely coaches CEOs and C-Suite executives and works with leadership teams to improve performance, shift culture and drive change. An organizational psychologist and executive coach, Neil has over 26 years of global experience working with boards, leaders, teams, and organizations from a wide range of industries including media, luxury and beauty, investment and commercial banking, private equity, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, professional services, energy, and education. He has worked across the spectrum of Fortune 500s, high-growth start-ups, non-profits and government organizations.

Prior to founding MindsOpen, Neil was a Managing Director at YSC, the prestigious global leadership consultancy. As well as leading the Americas business, his client work included executive assessment, succession planning, onboarding, and team development. Neil began his career in the UK working for the British Military, where he found his niche profiling officers for specialist roles. He then joined Scotland Yard, the police service for London, and was soon appointed Head of Psychology. During his time at Scotland Yard he completed a Fulbright Scholarship with the FBI. His last role at Scotland Yard was Director of Security Strategy for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

He has an M.Sc. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Hull and a B.A. in Psychology from Newcastle University.

Neil lives in Boston but remains a dedicated supporter of Leeds United, his hometown football team. He enjoys contemporary art, modern design, travel, and film.